I thank the many parishioners who participated in the Parish Forum during the past week. This week we make our Stewardship Pledging and I urge everyone to actively support our parish as we prepare to embark on major projects. For this weekend we welcome Fr Brendan Hogan from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Narre Warren to be the celebrant for our parish Masses. May God bless you all, Fr Denis
Message from Bishop Patrick O’Regan
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Sale.
Beginning this weekend I will be present with all the Australian Bishops who are gathering in prayer just South of Rome for a Retreat in preparation for both the Ad Limina visit the following week and the Plenary Council in 2020, 2021. It is a recognition that if we want both events to be more than simply a ‘talk fest’ then they need to be grounded in prayer.
I make a simple plea during the next two weeks: Please pray for the Australian Bishops; for me as your Bishop and for our grace-filled Diocese of Sale. The Ad Limina Apostolorum is a visit each Bishop has to make every five years to Rome. The nature of theAd Limina is that it is a pilgrimage to the tombs of St Peter and Paul and a meeting with Pope Francis. Grouped around this is visits to many of the Congregations (Dicasteries or Departments) located in the Vatican as well as visits to the major Basilicas of Rome and other activities. The 2019 timetable is very full.
So dear brothers and sisters, first, please be assured of my constant prayer for you, our Diocese and Parishes and all organisations in the Diocese. One place I will certainly be visiting is the Church of Saint Alphonsus (Via Merulana) where the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located. Mary the Mother of God, under this title, is the is the patron of our Diocese. Second may I invite you to pray for me and our Diocese in these days especially from 12th June until 1st July.
With deep gratitude to God for all his grace and mercy and recognising that God is Good,
Yours in Christ
Bishop of Sale